FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2012
Contact: Maggie Kao, 919-360-0308 or
Statement on State of
the Union by Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune:
Washington, D.C. –
“Tonight President Obama laid out a blueprint
for a nation built to last, highlighting important priorities to give
hardworking Americans a fair shake, create good jobs for American workers and restore
America’s role as a global leader in manufacturing and innovation. There
is no better way to achieve those goals than with a clean energy economy.
“We are especially encouraged
by the President’s commitment to doubling down on clean energy sources like
wind and solar and creating incentives for clean energy growth and job
creation. The Sierra Club agrees with the President – there is no good reason for
continuing century-old tax cuts to wealthy oil companies while stalling a clean
energy standard that would create a market for innovation and American jobs.
“Whether it’s putting more fuel efficient cars on
the road, improving our transportation infrastructure, investing in wind and
solar power or just saving energy, there is strong support among the American
people for a clean energy economy that protects our health, air and water.
“But we can’t wait much longer for the clean
energy revolution. Each day, corporate
polluters put our children’s health and our nation’s future at risk, polluting
the air we breathe and the water we drink with toxic chemicals. All the while, they are also polluting our
political system and working to roll back lifesaving public health protections.
“We need to clean up a fossil fuel industry run
amok, by ensuring strong safeguards like protections from toxic mercury
pollution and natural gas safeguards that go much further than what the
President suggested. We must also keep
fragile, treasured places like the Arctic out of polluters’ reach to protect
our families’ health, safety and future.”